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Adam West, played Batman on '60s TVAngela Hartley Brodie, biochemist whose research improved breast cancer treatmentJosiah ('Skip') Conkling, mayor of Altoona, IowaEdit DeAk, art criticDavid Delfin, Spanish fashion designerMiguel D'Escoto Brockmann, Nicaraguan priest and politicianHelen Dunmore, British poet and novelistTom Eblen, Kansas journalistEvelyn Fargnoli, first woman president of Providence (RI) City CouncilVic Gold, conservative publicistJuan Goytisolo, Spanish novelistMarilyn Hall, Emmy-winning producer and wife of TV host Monty HallGlenne Headly, film and TV actressMargaret Hutson, women's basketball and volleyball coachHerma Hill Kay, first female dean of UC Berkeley law schoolS. S. Khaplang, leader of insurgent group in NagalandAdnan Khashoggi, wealthy Saudi arms dealerWilliam Krisel, Modernist architectRobert S. Leiken, political scientist who switched sidesEarl Lestz, Paramount Pictures executiveDan Lynch, longtime Albany, NY newspaper columnist and TV hostJerry Nelson, designer of segmented telescopeDr. Babatunde Osotimehin, head of UN population agencySam Panopoulos, self-described inventor of Hawaiian pizzaRoger Smith, actor and husband of Ann-MargretJim Stewart, scuba diver for scienceClinton Suggs, US Navy deep sea diverNeil Svetanics, longtime St. Louis fire chiefWilliam J. Taggart, interim president of Morehouse CollegePatsy Terrell, Kansas state legislatorJack Trout, marketing strategistEd Victor, US-born literary agent in BritainLt. Gen. Samuel Wilson, US military and intelligence officer and college presidentKelly Wong, LA firefighterAndimba Toivo ya Toivo, Namibian nationalist leaderPaul Zukofsky, classical violinist

Art and Literature

Edit DeAk (68) critic and Manhattan scenemaker who made it her mission in the ‘70s–'80s to cover art and artists overlooked by the mainstream press through the journal Art-Rite, which she helped to found, and on the pages of Artforum. DeAk fled Communist Hungary in 1968 and within a few years was a fixture in the Manhattan art world. She cut a striking figure, with flaming red hair worn in bangs, a cigarette cocked at a jaunty angle, and enormous eyes that seemed perpetually on the lookout for the latest thing. She died in New York City of pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome, on June 9, 2017.

Helen Dunmore (64) British poet and historical novelist whose widely praised books were known for their gothic plots about loss and legacy. Dunmore's last novel, Birdcage Walk, concerns what writers leave behind. Her legacy includes 15 novels, 12 collections of poetry, 3 books of short stories, 16 books for children, and 8 for young adults. She died of cancer in Bristol, England on June 5, 2017.

Juan Goytisolo (86) Spanish novelist known for his experimental novels and political essays. Goytisolo won Spain's most prestigious literary award, the Cervantes Prize, in 2014. Marks of Identity is among his most highly regarded novels. Goytisolo left Spain for France in 1956, moving to Morocco in ’96. He died in Marrakech, Morocco on June 4, 2017.

William Krisel (92) architect whose homes featuring butterfly roofs, patterned concrete block walls, and post-and-beam construction put a Modernist stamp on southern California's suburbs in the ‘50s and ’60s. Krisel designed the futuristic “House of Tomorrow” in Palm Springs, which was featured in Look magazine in 1962 and in ‘67 came to be known as the honeymoon hideout of Elvis and Priscilla Presley. With his business partner, the late Dan Saxon Palmer, Krisel designed many other custom homes in Bel-Air and Brentwood, starting in 1949. But it was Krisel's designs for thousands of tract homes built by the Alexander Construction Co. in the Coachella Valley, primarily as vacation or second homes, that cemented his career and shaped the image of Palm Springs as a mecca for mid-20th century Modern architecture. Krisel died in Beverly Hills, California on June 5, 2017.

Ed Victor (77) A-list US-born literary agent whose colorful personality was well matched by such British clients as Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. A self-described “shark in the water,” Victor negotiated multimillion-dollar deals for memoirs by Richards and Clapton and found publishers for such top sellers as Douglas Adams' Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy series and Johanna Basford's adult coloring books. His other clients include Pete Townshend, U2, Carl Bernstein, and Candice Bergen. In one notable week in 2005, his client John Banville won the Booker Prize and Victor finalized a deal for Clapton's autobiography. In 2007 he had the publishing world bidding fiercely for Richards’ Life, which French publisher Hachette Livre acquired for $7 million. Recently appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, Victor had been battling leukemia but died of a heart attack in London, England on June 7, 2017.


Business and Science

Angela Hartley Brodie (82) scientist whose research improved treatments for breast cancer and was credited with helping to save the lives of thousands of women. The English-born biochemist and pharmacologist did work that helped to prolong the lives of breast cancer patients by inhibiting the disease's path in women whose tumors had failed to shrink after undergoing conventional treatments. Brodie died of Parkinson’s disease in Fulton, Maryland on June 7, 2017.

David Delfin (46) Spanish fashion designer. Delfin cofounded a studio in Madrid in 2001. In 2002 he made his mark as one of Spain's most provocative designers by covering models' faces with hoods and putting nooses around their necks at the Pasarela Cibeles fashion show. He later won several international awards and earned Spain's National Award for Fashion Design in 2016. He died of cancer in Madrid, Spain on June 4, 2017.

Adnan Khashoggi (81) Saudi arms dealer once one of the world's richest men who was implicated in the Iran-Contra affair. Khashoggi was notorious for his lavish lifestyle. He was estimated to be worth some $4 billion at the peak of his wealth in the ‘70s. He was also a man of connections; his nephew Dodi Fayed was Princess Diana's paramour in the late '90s. Khashoggi had been suffering from Parkinson's disease when he died in London, England on June 6, 2017.

Earl Lestz (78) longtime executive at Paramount Pictures and former board chairman of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Over his 21-year career at Paramount from 1983–2004, Lestz oversaw operations for the studio as president of Paramount Studio Group. He was credited with helping to modernize the storied studio’s 63-acre lot, overseeing major development and renovations, updating the soundstages and upgrading the infrastructure, expanding postproduction capabilities and creating the first child-care center at any studio. He died of an apparent heart attack in Los Angeles, California on June 7, 2017.

Jerry Nelson (73) astronomer who conceived of the design for the segmented telescope, which allowed scientists to peer farther into the universe than ever before. Nelson’s designs were the basis for the twin telescopes at the W. M. Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano on the island of Hawaii. Astronomers have used those telescopes to help measure the giant black hole at the center of the Milky Way and to find and confirm planetary bodies outside our solar system, including potentially habitable planets. Founding director of the Center for Adaptive Optics at UC Santa Cruz, Nelson died in Santa Cruz, California on June 10, 2017.

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin (68) head of the United Nations population agency, a global leader in promoting public health and sexual and reproductive rights and services for women and girls. Osotimehin had led the UN Population Fund, known as UNFPA, since 2011. Born and trained as a doctor in his native Nigeria, he was the country's minister of health before taking the reins of UNFPA with the rank of undersecretary-general. Before that he was director-general of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS and provost at the University of Ibadan College of Medicine. As head of UNFPA, he spearheaded efforts to advance the breakthrough action plan adopted by 179 countries at the 1994 UN population conference in Cairo. He died suddenly in West Harrison, New York on June 4, 2017.

Sam Panopoulos (83) Canadian man widely credited with inventing the pineapple-topped pizza. Panopoulos was born in Greece and emigrated to Canada in 1954. He told numerous news media that he made his first “Hawaiian” pizza in 1962 at the Satellite Restaurant in Chatham, Ontario, after wondering whether canned pineapple might make a tasty topping. Some have disputed his claim, and Iceland's President Gudni Johannesson has (not too jokingly) suggested that pineapple pizzas should be banned. Panopoulos died suddenly in London, Ontario, Canada on June 8, 2017.

Jim Stewart (89) pioneering scuba diver who explored the sites of hydrogen bomb blasts and taught generations of scientists to dive for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Stewart was a longtime breath-hold or free diver when he first took up scuba. In 1952 he joined Scripps as a volunteer and later became chief diving officer. He helped to develop diving safety procedures and trained thousands of underwater researchers. Over 50 years Stewart dove all over the world; helped to discover underwater sandfalls at Cabo San Lucas and survived a shark attack; consulted for NASA, the FBI, Army Special Forces, and the National Park Service; and developed diver training for the Antarctic, where a mountain is named after him. He died in Irvine, California on June 7, 2017.

Jack Trout (82) marketing strategist who viewed business as a battlefield on which companies outflank their rivals in part by embedding their messages in consumers’ minds through a concept known as positioning. The concept was integral to the work of Trout and his business partner, Al Ries, during their nearly 30 years together. They devised campaigns, wrote books, and gave lectures with positioning as their centerpiece. Trout died of intestinal cancer in Greenwich, Connecticut on June 4, 2017.


Education

William J. Taggart (55) interim president at Morehouse College, one of the US’s top historically black colleges, based in Atlanta. Taggart was named interim president in April after replacing John Wilson, who was fired three months before his contract expired. Taggart had been chief operating officer at Morehouse since 2015. His responsibilities were to transform the institutional development, technology, campus operations, and human resources functions of the college. He died in Atlanta, Georgia on June 8, 2017.


Law

Herma Hill Kay (82) lawyer who pushed for the rights of women and minorities as the first female dean of UC Berkeley’s law school. When Kay became the second woman to join Berkeley’s law faculty in 1960, law schools were still very much a boys’ club. The New York Times reported in 1992 that only 13 women had been professors in accredited law schools in the US since the first woman was hired for that position in 1919. An expert on family law, marital property law, and sex-based discrimination, Kay helped to draft California’s no-fault divorce law in 1969. She was also one of the authors of the Uniform Marriage & Divorce Act, a standard for national no-fault divorce laws approved by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws in 1970; some form of no-fault divorce is now law in every state. Kay died in San Francisco, California on June 10, 2017.


News and Entertainment

Tom Eblen (80) former Kansas City Star editor and University of Kansas journalism educator. Eblen joined the Star in 1960 and rose through the ranks, serving as a reporter, copy editor, assistant city editor, city editor, and eventually managing editor before serving as editor and general manager of the Fort Scott (Kans.) Tribune. He later spent more than 15 years as general manager and news adviser to the University of Kansas student newspaper before retiring in 2001 and later was a Kansas Press Association news consultant, serving as that group's president in 1988. He was twice elected to the national board of what now is Associated Press Media Editors. Eblen died in Prairie Village, Kansas on June 10, 2017.

Marilyn Hall (90) Emmy-winning TV producer and matriarch of a show business family that included her longtime husband, former Let's Make a Deal host Monty Hall. Marilyn Hall was also noted for her philanthropy—supporting after-school programs for children in Los Angeles and charitable causes like the Jewish Welfare Fund—and hands-on involvement in developing programs for institutes like Tel-Aviv University, the Julia Ann Singer School, and Variety Clubs International. Hall was an associate producer on the Emmy-winning A Woman Called Golda (1982), a TV movie that traced the life of Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir and starred Ingrid Bergman. Hall died in Los Angeles, California on June 5, 2017.

Glenne Headly (62) early member of the acclaimed Steppenwolf Theatre Co. who later starred in films and on TV. Headly was known from her performances in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, costarring alongside Michael Caine and Steve Martin; in Mr. Holland's Opus with Richard Dreyfuss; and in Warren Beatty's Dick Tracy, in which she played the gumshoe’s girlfriend Tess Trueheart. On TV she was in the miniseries Lonesome Dove and had recurring roles on ER and Monk. In 2015 Headly costarred with Jason Alexander on Broadway in the Larry David comedy Fish in the Dark. She died of a pulmonary embolism in Santa Monica, California on June 8, 2017.

Dan Lynch (71) former New York City newspaper reporter and editor who spent most of his decades-long journalism career in upstate Albany, where he also hosted radio and TV shows. Lynch's many columns for the Albany Times Union took on everything from local and state politics to the decline of movie Westerns. He died of lung cancer in Delray Beach, Florida on June 4, 2017.

Roger Smith (84) US actor who brought glamour to the TV detective genre as a hip private eye on 77 Sunset Strip. Smith survived two serious illnesses, including a brain tumor, to have a second career after that series as manager of his second wife, entertainer Ann-Margret. From 1958–63 Smith costarred with Efrem Zimbalist Jr. on the glossy ABC series. It made stars of both men and a teen heartthrob out of Edd Byrnes, who played a colorful parking lot attendant named Kookie. 77 Sunset Strip had been created by producer-writer Roy Huggins, who also created Maverick, and it spawned a host of spinoffs and knockoffs, including Hawaiian Eye, Surfside 6, and Bourbon Street Beat. Smith died of myasthenia gravis, a muscle disease, in Los Angeles, California on June 4, 2017.

Adam West (88) actor whose straight-faced portrayal of Batman in a ‘60s TV series lifted the Caped Crusader into the national consciousness. West played the superhero straight for kids and funny for adults. He initially chaffed at being typecast after Batman went off the air after three seasons, but in later years he admitted he was pleased to have had a role in kicking off a big-budget film franchise by showing the character's wide appeal. He returned to the role in an episode of the animated The Simpsons, and more recently he did the voice of nutty Mayor Adam West on the long-running Family Guy series. West died of leukemia in Los Angeles, California on June 9, 2017.

Paul Zukovsky (73) violin prodigy and son of US poet Louis Zukofsky (died in 1978). Paul Zukofsky was one of the finest violinists of his time, renowned as an interpreter of contemporary music. He died of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in Hong Kong on June 6, 2017.


Politics and Military

Josiah ('Skip') Conkling (71) mayor of Altoona, Iowa since 2012. Before that Conkling served on the Altoona City Council for 16 years. A professional plumber, mechanic, and electrician, he was a commissioner on the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Commission and was a member of the Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Metropolitan Advisory Council, the 2030 Transportation Task Force, and the Convention & Visitors Bureau Board of Directors. He died after battling an illness since January, in Altoona, Iowa on June 9, 2017.

Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann (84) Nicaragua's former foreign minister and ex-president of the United Nations General Assembly (2008–09). D'Escoto Brockmann was born in the US to a Nicaraguan diplomat who served in the administration of dictator Anastasio Somoza Garcia. Later, after being ordained a priest and adopting liberation theology, he joined the Sandinista guerrilla movement that eventually toppled the Somoza dynasty. In 1984 Pope John Paul II declared that D'Escoto Brockmann and three other priests could not celebrate Mass because of their government activities. Pope Francis lifted the suspension, permitting D'Escoto Brockmann to celebrate Mass in 2014. The priest suffered a stroke several months ago and died unexpectedly in Managua, Nicaragua on June 8, 2017.

Evelyn Fargnoli (93) first female president of the Providence City Council. Fargnoli became the second woman to serve on the council in 1982 when she was elected in a special election to fill a vacancy left by her husband, City Council President Ralph Fargnoli, who had died. Evelyn was elected president in 1996 after serving as acting president for 18 months. She retired as president in 1998 after 16 years on the council. Fargnoli died in Providence, Rhode Island on June 8, 2017.

Vic Gold (88) political spokesman who helped to pave the way for modern conservatism by making Sen. Barry Goldwater less mysterious to the press in the ‘60s and collaborating with former Vice President Spiro T. Agnew to lambaste the news media for liberal bias in the '70s. As spokesman for Goldwater during his 1964 presidential campaign and for Agnew, and as an author, columnist, and blogger, Gold was considered one of the great publicists of the conservative movement. He died of an infection in Alexandria, Virginia on June 5, 2017.

S. S. Khaplang (77) leader of a key insurgent group in India's remote northeast. As head of a faction of the separatist National Socialist Council of Nagaland, Khaplang called off peace talks with India in 2015 after 14 years of futile negotiations and resumed his fight for an independent Naga homeland. India blamed his group for killing 18 army soldiers in Manipur state bordering Myanmar in 2015 in the worst attack by the insurgents in 20 years. Officials had visited Myanmar recently and held talks with leaders of the Khaplang faction to encourage them to return to the peace talks. Separatist groups in the northeast accused the Indian government of exploiting the region's rich natural resources while neglecting local development. Khaplang died of renal failure in Taga region, his outfit's headquarters, nearly two years after he called off peace talks with the Indian government, on June 9, 2017.

Robert S. Leiken (78) maverick political scientist who stunned fellow liberals in the ‘80s when he denounced the leftist Sandinista government in Nicaragua. The title of Leiken’s unfinished memoir reflected the frustration of his fickle ideological soul mates, first liberals and later conservatives, who had assumed that once he embraced their orthodoxy he would never challenge it. The book was to be called How I Lost All My Friends. That was an overstatement, because as his positions evolved Leiken also gained new supporters. He died of neuro-Behcet’s disease, an inflammatory condition, in Boston, Massachusetts on June 7, 2017.

Clinton Suggs (61) former US Navy deep sea diver from northern Indiana who survived a 1985 airplane hijacking. Suggs was one of dozens of passengers aboard a flight from Greece to Rome in 1985 that was hijacked by Islamic extremists. The plane was flown to Beirut, where passengers were held hostage and beaten for 17 days. Fellow Navy diver Robert Stethem was killed during the ordeal. Despite the hijacking, Suggs continued his 20-year Navy career before retiring with an honorable discharge in 2000. He died in South Bend, Indiana on June 6, 2017.

Neil Svetanics (77) longtime fire chief in St. Louis. Svetanics joined the fire department in 1962 and was chief from ‘86–99. In 2002, three years after retiring from the St. Louis department, he became chief of the department in Lemay in St. Louis County, serving until ’14. He died in St. Louis, Missouri on June 7, 2017.

Patsy Terrell (55) Kansas state representative from Hutchinson. A Democrat, Terrell won her House seat in November 2016, defeating veteran state Rep. Jan Pauls, also from Hutchinson. Pauls was a conservative Republican who'd switched parties after serving in the Legislature as a Democrat. Officials became concerned after Terrell didn't arrive for the House's afternoon session. Her hotel was contacted after several House members failed to reach her. Terrell was found dead in her hotel room near the Capitol in Topeka, Kansas on June 7, 2017.

Lt. Gen. Samuel Wilson (93) retired officer who had a long military and intelligence career and was president of Hampden-Sydney College in Farmville, Va. from 1992–2000. Known as General Sam, Wilson was director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and was known for coining the term “counterinsurgency” and for helping to create Delta Force, the US Army's special forces group. He died in Rice, Virginia on June 10, 2017.

Kelly Wong (29) Los Angeles firefighter, top academic performer in his class when he graduated from the LAFD Recruit Academy in 2015. Wong was assigned to a fire station on the west side of the city but was working at a downtown station where he was scheduled to transfer later in the month. He suffered injuries in a fall June 3 from an aerial ladder during weekend training in downtown LA and had been in critical condition since the fall. Details on how far he fell have not been released. A truck-mounted ladder at the scene was extended to the top of a multistory building. After the fall, Wong was treated by fellow firefighters and paramedics and rushed to a hospital, where he died two days later, in Los Angeles, California on June 5, 2017.

Andimba Toivo ya Toivo (92) Namibian nationalist leader who fought a long and dogged campaign for his land’s independence and was jailed for 16 years alongside Nelson Mandela in South Africa’s notorious Robben Island prison. While his international stature did not attain the fabled aura that surrounded Mandela, Ya Toivo nonetheless secured status among Namibians as the inspiration for their uneven struggle against South Africa’s disputed control of their land, once called South West Africa. Lke Mandela, Ya Toivo was skilled in courtroom oratory, which offered opponents of white minority rule a rare public platform. He died in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, on June 9, 2017.


Sports

Margaret Hutson (78) preceded Pat Summitt as Tennessee women's basketball coach. Hutson coached Tennessee from 1971–74 and posted a 60-19 record before leaving to pursue a doctorate. Summitt succeeded Hutson as Tennessee's coach and later led the Lady Volunteers to eight national titles and a Division I record 1,098 victories. Hutson also coached the Emory & Henry women's volleyball team from 1977–92. She posted winning records in 13 of those 16 years, including eight seasons with at least 20 wins. She died of Alzheimer's disease in Bristol, Virginia on June 7, 2017.


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